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Topic # 223840 19-Oct-2017 20:14
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I am travelling to Canada in a couple of weeks. Ideally I'd like to have a portable power pack to charge my phone and watch in case I don't have ready access to mains power. I have had one before, can't remember which one. Unfortunately it used to cut out when charging a nearly flat phone. I'm guessing the phone draws more current at that stage?

Can someone please recommend me a unit I can buy in NZ? I may not have enough time to import one.

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  Reply # 1886431 19-Oct-2017 20:26
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https://www.cablegeek.co.nz/collections/power-banks

 

anker ones are great, i have the first one on their webpage and get about a weeks worth of charging of my phone. you do need a good charger if you want to charge it quickly, i normally charge it overnight.


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  Reply # 1886433 19-Oct-2017 20:32
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Thanks for that. I wonder if there are any restrictions on carrying battery of that capacity on board.

Sigh... bloody auto correction... I just noticed the topic title that should've said "Portable" instead of "Petal"...




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  Reply # 1886439 19-Oct-2017 20:39
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yes there are restrictions, you cant carry them onboard if they are over 100wh, which is equivalent to a about 27000mah battery pack with 3.7v cells in it.


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  Reply # 1886467 19-Oct-2017 21:29
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Thanks. So that first unit on that page would be okay for air travels?




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  Reply # 1886610 20-Oct-2017 05:27
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if you read the above post, yes all of the ones they sell should be ok. i know all the anker ones are.


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  Reply # 1886626 20-Oct-2017 08:06
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As you also have a QC2.0 phone I wouldn't bother buying a non QC3.0 or QC2.0 powerbank.

 

 


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  Reply # 1886672 20-Oct-2017 08:49
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When I went over to Tokyo for the recent school holidays I flew with Cathay Pacific. Having a 30,000mah powerbank I wasn't sure if this was allowable. After a phone call with them, they confirmed that it was fine to fly with. It certainly came in handy powering the 3  phones and ipods for myself, the wife and 2 kids when we were out and about. AirNZ had no problems with it when I asked either. Purchased from AliExpress (Aukey brand). Not sure if they can still ship powerbanks of that size anymore though?


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  Reply # 1886766 20-Oct-2017 09:43
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maoriboy:

 

When I went over to Tokyo for the recent school holidays I flew with Cathay Pacific. Having a 30,000mah powerbank I wasn't sure if this was allowable. After a phone call with them, they confirmed that it was fine to fly with. It certainly came in handy powering the 3  phones and ipods for myself, the wife and 2 kids when we were out and about. AirNZ had no problems with it when I asked either. Purchased from AliExpress (Aukey brand). Not sure if they can still ship powerbanks of that size anymore though?

 

 

 

 

mAh means nothing - the carriage rules rules are Wh based and this is all that is important and the maximum allowed by airlines is 100 Wh. All powerbanks and battery packs these days are required to have Wh printed on them

 

Most powerbanks use 3.8v cells so based on that your 30,000 mAh powerbank is illegal to take on a plane as this would have exceeded 100 Wh and this should have been picked up by security screening and confiscated. You're very lucky you still have it.

 

As per Air NZ rules (and most other airlines) you need prior written approval to take a lithium battery of this capacity on board.

 

 


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  Reply # 1886809 20-Oct-2017 10:35
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@sbiddle.  Yeah that's what I thought. When I spoke to the Cathay Pacific people on the phone, I gave them the mah as well as Wh rating (114Wh or thereabouts from memory) and she confirmed that was fine for me to take onboard as long as I declared it so. Same with AirNZ. I would never have taken it if there were any doubts. The security checks at Auckland Airport on the way over went through my bag, looked at the powerbank, and waved it through without a problem and same with entry to Japan. No issues coming back either.


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  Reply # 1886835 20-Oct-2017 11:30
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All I can say is I'm amazed you still have it. Had you been through Chinese screening you would't be in possession of it as they're incredibly strict!

 

 


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sbiddle:

 

As you also have a QC2.0 phone I wouldn't bother buying a non QC3.0 or QC2.0 powerbank.

 

 

All the Anker QC powerbanks on that particular online store are sold out. There're one or two Aukey ones though. Has anyone had any experience with those?





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  Reply # 1887553 21-Oct-2017 19:46
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sbiddle:

 

As you also have a QC2.0 phone I wouldn't bother buying a non QC3.0 or QC2.0 powerbank.

 

 

All the Anker QC powerbanks on that particular online store are sold out. There're one or two Aukey ones though. Has anyone had any experience with those?

 

 

need to update their website though

 

Aukey is all good too


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Jase2985:

 

dpw:

 

sbiddle:

 

As you also have a QC2.0 phone I wouldn't bother buying a non QC3.0 or QC2.0 powerbank.

 

 

All the Anker QC powerbanks on that particular online store are sold out. There're one or two Aukey ones though. Has anyone had any experience with those?

 

 

need to update their website though

 

Aukey is all good too

 

 

I've purchased a few AUKEY products for testing and still have one of their multiport QC3.0 chargers that I use next to my bed. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the products I've tried and would rank them a distant 3rd place behind Anker and Ravpower which are two brands I rate highly.

 

Since you've visiting Canada why not just buy what you want online and get it shipped to a Canadian address so it's ready when you arrive?

 

 

 

 

 

 


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sbiddle:

 

Jase2985:

 

dpw:

 

sbiddle:

 

As you also have a QC2.0 phone I wouldn't bother buying a non QC3.0 or QC2.0 powerbank.

 

 

All the Anker QC powerbanks on that particular online store are sold out. There're one or two Aukey ones though. Has anyone had any experience with those?

 

 

need to update their website though

 

Aukey is all good too

 

 

I've purchased a few AUKEY products for testing and still have one of their multiport QC3.0 chargers that I use next to my bed. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the products I've tried and would rank them a distant 3rd place behind Anker and Ravpower which are two brands I rate highly.

 

Since you've visiting Canada why not just buy what you want online and get it shipped to a Canadian address so it's ready when you arrive?

 

 

I was hoping to have one with me on the flight out too. It may not be necessary I guess. I just don't know how there will be power points accessible in airports. I usually just carry one multi board and an international adapter. Would that be a sensible thing to do or would you recommend a powerbank?





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